I expected Dream Mousse Concealer to be similar to Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation, which was rated highly and remains a very good option for normal to oily skin. Regrettably, Dream Mousse Concealer doesn't have the same high points as its foundation partner. The formulas between the two products differ, with the Concealer having a much drier, more powdery finish. It provides reliable coverage and is a cinch to blend, but the finish wildly exaggerates any dryness and slips easily into lines and large pores. What a shame, because the mousse-like texture is unique and the finish, despite not being attractive, has impressive staying power. The shades are on the brighter side of neutral, so they tend to pop a bit yellow or peach, which doesn't do this concealer's finish any favors. This can be an OK option for use on blemishes, but is not recommended for use anywhere near the eyes.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).
The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.